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Skating Strides Clinic a Success

Participants hanging out in the rink lobby with Jonathan.

Jan. 18, 2012

STORRS, Conn. - On Monday, January 16, nearly 85 are youth hockey players participated at the Skating Strides Clinic, hosted by the University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team, during their day off from school in observance of Martin Luther King's birthday at the Freitas Ice Forum.

The players took part in drills and activities with the head coach Heather Linstad, her staff and student-athletes at the rink as well as the Shenkman Training Center.  The participants also had the opportunity to interact with the team off the ice in an autograph session.

"It was hard to tell who was having more fun, the UConn players or the kids."
Peter D.

UConn hosts Providence on Sunday, January 29 for the annual "Skating Strides Game" at 2:00 pm.  After the game, a free open skate with the Huskies will take place on the ice.  Skating Strides merchandise will be for sale at this Sunday's 2:00 pm game against Boston College, as well as an auction at the men's ice hockey game against Holy Cross on January 27, with autographed memorabilia and UConn apparel, that will benefit Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer.

This week's event was well received by participants and parents alike.

"I want to come to college here!" - Sarah, age 9

"It was hard to tell who was having more fun, the UConn players or the kids." - Peter D.

"It was an amazing clinic which was a lot of fun for Mandy and very instructional." - Karen B.

For the sixth-straight season UConn headlined the Hockey East's Breast Cancer Awareness fundraising program, Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer, raising $9,000 during the 2010-11 season. The Huskies have led the entire conference in funds raised since the inception of the program, raising more than $40,000 over the past six years.